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By Contributor on Monday Jun 07 2010

A group of eight British Columbia medical and health organizations are calling on the provincial government to enact province-wide legislation banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides. The group is also clarifying two common myths surrounding cosmetic pesticides because of emerging evidence of human toxicity, especially to the vulnerable, young and old. 
 

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Jun 06 2010

Since the development of the Public Safety Committee, the City of Grand has been actively involved with support for addressing the needs of those most at risk in the community. At their meeting on Monday, May 31 council joined the ranks of over 300 communities and organizations across B.C. calling on the provincial government to create a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy, and went on to provide a grant-in-aid to the committee to form a society whose goals will be to develop a shelter and transition housing.

By Rob Leggett on Friday Jun 04 2010

As parents, we may not be willing to believe that our babies are having sex, but they are.


Whether we accept this fact or not, the hard reality is this: Teenagers are going to have sex! And for many of them it will be sooner than later, this is why sex education in the schools AND at home is so critical.


Despite, or maybe because, they have a wealth of information at their fingertips, many teens are unclear about the use of birth control, how to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI) or even that masturbation is normal.

By Kyra Hoggan on Friday Jun 04 2010

There comes a time for every parent when they realize they'll soon need to have “the talk” with their child (ren).


I don't know what made me think I was exempt, except maybe that I blocked the idea to avoid the sheer horror of it – they say your mind can just delete certain memories, if they're traumatic enough ...can it do likewise if it's an anticipated traumatic memory?

By Contributor on Thursday Jun 03 2010

Selkirk College’s School of Renewable Resources in Castlegar recently hosted three exchange students from the Universidad Tecnologica de Tulancingo (Tulancingo Technical College) in Mexico.

The students, Oswaldo Aviles, Victor Valderrama and Salvador Gonzalez, arrived in Castlegar on May 9 for three weeks to learn about renewable energy, to improve their English and to experience life in Canada. A group of Selkirk College Renewable Energy students will be travelling to Mexico in September to study renewable energy and Spanish at the Mexican college. 

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jun 02 2010

Photo courtesy Kevin Chernoff: Many local passers-by, including city councillor Kevin Chernoff and mayor Lawrence Chernoff, stopped to help clean up thousands of newspapers strewn along Columbia Avenue last Saturday morning.

Vandals who created a stunning mess on Columbia Avenue Saturday may have unwittingly created a local community-building exercise in the process.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jun 01 2010

Dear editor,

There is just one month left in the “Grounds for Haiti” collective fundraising initiative and there are some great things happening in the month of June. Our small group behind the “Grounds for Haiti” collective fundraising initiative are intent on keeping the focus on long-term efforts on rebuilding Haiti in the public eye for awhile longer.

We are able to do this with the some creative fundraising partnerships and very supportive businesses.

By Murray Dobbin on Monday May 31 2010

 More people murdered by Israel. It is so commonplace now that hearing it takes you to the place you were the last time you heard of such an outrage. And you know that there will be no justice.  The impunity and the casual excuses for the action follow on like night follows day – with a terrible certainty.

By Contributor on Monday May 31 2010

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life in Greater Trail proved to be a tremendous success, raising more than $90,000 to fight cancer.  The annual fundraiser took place on Saturday, May 29 where participants came together to celebrate the lives of those who have overcome cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against the disease.

By Contributor on Monday May 31 2010

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is partnering with the Province of British Columbia to construct 114 affordable housing units for seniors and persons with disabilities in eight communities throughout the Basin; Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Baynes Lake, Golden, Revelstoke, New Denver and Valemount will each see projects built as a result of the partnership.

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